Almost a month after a 2-year-old Moses Lake boy was found severely malnourished, his condition remains unchanged at a Spokane hospital, authorities said.
The boy was found in his home May 9 after emergency responders were called about the toddler's heart stopping. He weighed less than 10 pounds and was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center, Grant County authorities said.
The boy has been on life support since then and he remains in critical condition, county spokesman Kyle Foreman said Wednesday.
Detectives have spent a majority of the investigation reviewing medical records in order to help them answer numerous questions in the case, he said. Detectives are getting close to completing the investigation and will forward their report to the county prosecutor for possible charges.
No arrests have been made. The boy's parents, Richard and Michelle Staats, reportedly have been with their son in Spokane.
Four other children who lived in the Moses Lake home were in good condition and were taken into protective custody.
The boy's mother reportedly told detectives she consulted a Chinese herbalist in the San Francisco area and a local naturopath or naturalist, The Associated Press previously reported.
Kennewick massage therapist faces rape charge
A Kennewick massage therapist has been charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a client during a session.
Juan Pablo Gonzalez Ochoa, 29, was charged in Benton County Superior Court with one count of second-degree rape. He was sent a summons to appear in court June 21.
Ochoa was a massage therapist at the Columbia Spinal Rehabilitation Center, 1721 W. Kennewick Ave.
The 50-year-old victim said she was sexually assaulted April 18 during a therapeutic massage. Ochoa reportedly admitted that he gave the victim a medical massage, but denied any inappropriate touching, documents said.
The victim, however, went to Kennewick General Hospital and doctors found possible evidence of a recent sexual assault during the exam, documents said. The victim also gave police an item of clothing for evidence.
After Ochoa's May 23 arrest, Kennewick police released information about the alleged sexual abuse to try to determine if there were any other victims.
Mike Blatman, a Kennewick police spokesman, told the Herald on Wednesday that they did receive a phone call that investigators looked into, but detectives still are looking for other potential victims.
Anyone with information about Ochoa should call Kennewick police at 545-4208.
Ochoa had worked at Columbia Spinal Rehabilitation Center since at least 2008. Police said Ochoa faced a similar accusation in October 2008, but no charges were filed.
Ochoa no longer is employed at the rehabilitation center, which is run by chiropractors Eric Kurtz and J. Ruben Rangel. A new massage therapist was expected to start at the office Wednesday, according to a message sent to clients.
Kennewick shooting death ruled self-inflicted
A 31-year-old Kennewick man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his west Kennewick apartment, authorities said.
Jason M. Tilley was found around 6 p.m. Tuesday inside his home at the Hansen Park Apartments, 7701 W. Fourth Ave.
Roy McLean, a Benton County deputy coroner, said Tilley died either late Sunday or early Monday.
Crime Stoppers seeks Pasco man on the lam
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers is searching for a Pasco man wanted by the state Department of Corrections for escape from community custody.
Jose Sandoval Jr., 22, is 5-foot-10, 270 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last known to be living on Atom Drive in Pasco.
Sandoval is wanted for escape from community custody on an original drug possession charge.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about Sandoval's whereabouts can call 586-8477 or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message bywriting "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
-- Paula Horton: 582-1556; firstname.lastname@example.org